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  • Serves 10
  • 17 mins prep
  • 45 mins cook

Citrus and coconut meringue

We all love lemon meringue pie and now you can give it a tropical twist with tangy lime and fragrant coconut.


Citrus and coconut meringue

  • 2 sheets ready rolled sweet short pastry
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lime zest
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon and lime juice
  • 2 tbsp cornflour dissolved in ¼ cup water
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 20 g butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar for meringue
  • 1/2 cup mixed desiccated/flaked or thread coconut plus extra for the top


Citrus and coconut meringue

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Line a 23cm fluted loose-bottom pie tin with the pastry sheets and trim the edges to fit neatly. Chill until ready to bake.
  2. Place a sheet of baking paper inside the pastry-lined tin and fill with baking beans or rice. Blind bake the pastry for 15-20 minutes or until pale golden, then remove the beans and paper and bake for a further 5 minutes until dry and golden. Let cool while making filling.
  3. In a medium saucepan, heat the water, sugar, citrus zest and juice until the sugar has dissolved. Mix the cornflour and water until smooth, then stir into the citrus mixture. Simmer, stirring for 2-3 minutes, until thick. Remove from the heat and let cool for 2 minutes before whisking in the egg yolks and butter. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
  4. Place egg whites in a clean electric mixing bowl and beat until foamy, then gradually add the sugar, a little at a time, beating constantly until thick, white and glossy. Fold in the coconut. Pour the filling into the cooked pastry shell and smooth, then pile the coconut meringue over the filling starting from the outside edges and working in.
  5. Sprinkle with extra coconut and bake for 15-20 minutes at 180°C or until puffed and the meringue is toasted and golden.
  6. Cool before cutting.


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